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Teachers and support staff on the rise

Published: Tuesday, 29 April 2008   Category: Life after graduation

Official figures have revealed that there are 20,100 more teachers and support staff in schools than 12 months ago, which could be good news for graduates considering a career in education.

According to government statistics, the overall school workforce has reached 767,600 - breaking down as 1,900 more full-time equivalent teachers, 13,100 teaching assistants and 5,100 other support staff in authority maintained schools, academies and city technology colleges since last year.

Furthermore, the pupil-adult ratio has dropped year-on-year in primary and secondary schools.

This ratio has fallen in primaries from 12.4 pupils for every staff member to 12 and in secondaries from 11.4 to 11.

Commenting on the findings, schools minister Jim Knight said: "There are now more teachers, teaching assistants and support staff and more staff per pupil than ever before.

"The huge rise in teaching assistants shows we've put our money where our mouth is on school workforce reforms, developed hand-in-hand with the majority of teaching unions."


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